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How much do movers cost?

Cost depends on the size of your home and how far you're moving

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by Jessica Render ConsumerAffairs Research Team
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How much does it cost to hire movers?

Your total moving cost will depend on how far you’re moving and how much work you’re willing to do yourself. The amount of personal property you’re moving will also impact your relocation budget. People hire movers to save themselves time and stress and to ensure that their move is managed professionally.

Average moving costs

The average cost for a local move under 100 miles is $80–$100 per hour for two movers. While a long-distance move is significantly more expensive. On average, it costs $2,000–$5,000 per move for more than 100 miles.

How much do movers cost for local moves?

For local moves within 100 miles, you can expect to pay movers by the hour. If you have two people handling the move, average moving costs should be between $80 and $100 per hour. A team of movers with more than two people will cut down on the number of hours, but you’ll have to pay for the extra labor.

Average cost to move a three-bedroom house

Moving a three-bedroom house will cost you between $600 and $1,000 if you’re making a local move, and between $3,400 and $4,100 for a long-distance move. This is based on a moving weight of 10,000 pounds and doesn’t include extras, such as packing services.

Local move estimates can be measured based on the size of your home:

Property sizeAverage weightNumber of hoursEstimated cost
Moving a 1-bedroom home3,500 pounds3 to 5 hours$200–$500
Moving a 2-bedroom home5,000 pounds5 to 7 hours$400–$700
Moving a 3-bedroom home10,000 pounds7 to 10 hours$600–$1,000
Moving a 4-bedroom home12,000+ poundsOver 10 hours$800–$2,000

How much does it cost to move out of state?

When you’re budgeting for a long-distance move, you won’t pay by the hour with most moving companies. Instead, you’ll pay a flat fee depending on your starting point, your ending point, and the amount of furniture and other goods that you’re moving. Depending on your circumstances, you’ll pay between $2,000 and $5,000 for professional movers to take you more than 100 miles from your current home.

Additional moving costs

There will be extra charges for both local and long-distance moves:

  • Location: If you live in an apartment building with a lot of stairs or a lack of parking, you may be charged for those things. Even a building with an elevator can cost you more, especially if you live on the 20th floor. Your neighborhood can also impact your price. Not all city streets make it easy to park a moving truck. Some movers will include a surcharge if they have to walk more than 75 feet from your home to the truck.
  • Extra stops: Making more than one stop will also cost extra, so if you’re moving things from your house and someone else’s house or a storage unit, expect to pay more. There might also be a premium in metropolitan areas where labor is more costly.
  • Specialty items: Movers charge more for large, heavy or bulky items like pianos, grandfather clocks or delicate electronics. You’ll also need to factor in extra insurance, which might be required for certain items. Be prepared for some items that movers simply won’t move, like car batteries, pool chemicals and perishable items. They also recommend you move cherished personal items like family photos and heirloom jewelry yourself. It’s hard to put a price on those things, so make your own arrangements.
  • The size of your home: When movers give you a quote, they will ask how many bedrooms you’re moving and what the square footage of your house is. Moving a four-bedroom house will obviously cost more than moving a studio apartment.
  • Full-service moves: Full-service movers go beyond simple transportation and provide packing and unpacking services as well. If you want your movers to pack and unpack your home, plan on spending an additional $300 to $500. You’ll pay them by the hour, and there may be additional costs to cover supplies. The added cost could be worth it for the amount of time and stress you can save by not having to pack up your house yourself.
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Bottom line: How to calculate moving costs

To calculate moving costs, you’ll need to factor in weight, mileage and labor costs. For a local move, you’ll be charged for labor by the hour, so the biggest factor will be how much stuff you have and how long it takes the movers to load and unload your boxes.

Let’s say it takes eight hours for two movers to load and unload your three-bedroom house, with each mover getting paid $40 each per hour. $40/hour x 2 movers puts your labor cost at $80/hour, $80 x 8 hours puts your total labor costs at $640 for the move. Add in any extras you’ll need, like charges for specialty items, stair fees or packing materials you’ll be buying from the company, to get your total estimated moving cost.

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    by Jessica Render ConsumerAffairs Research Team

    As a member of the ConsumerAffairs research team, Jessica Render is dedicated to providing well-researched, valuable content designed to help consumers make informed purchase decisions they can feel confident making. She holds a degree in journalism from Oral Roberts University.